When the sun’s shining, June is the hottest time of year in Hanoi. It’s also towards the start of the rainy season, so come prepared for that and welcome the temporary cool down the showers bring.
Climate Averages in Hanoi in June
June is the hottest month of the year in Hanoi, with temperatures ranging from as low as 80°F (26.7°C ) to as high as 90°F (32.2°C). Hanoi receives 5.2 hours of direct sunlight throughout the month of June, which represents 38% of the average 13.4 hours of daylight. Temperatures are no cooler during the evening.
Although the weather during June is extremely hot, it is also incredibly wet and humid. Due to the high 78% humidity and the sweltering temperatures, frequent rainfall is incredibly common during this month. On average, Hanoi receives 239.9 mm of rainfall in June over the course of 14.7 rainfall days. Rainstorms can occur at any time of the day and can last anywhere from a half an hour to a few days.
Things To Do in Hanoi in June
Although June is one of the most uncomfortable months to visit Hanoi weather-wise, it is somehow the peak season for tourists. Because school is out for the summer in June, family trips become increasingly common throughout the country, especially in Hanoi.
June is also the month when many delicious fruits come into season, including watermelon, pineapple, lychee, mango, and more.
If you choose to visit Hanoi in June, you will have the chance to view the national flower of Vietnam: the lotus. In Vietnamese culture, the lotus flower symbolizes optimism, purity, calmness, and dedication. The best place to find the lotus flower in Hanoi is within Dam Sen in West Lake.
On the fifth day of the fifth moon in the lunar calendar, the Vietnamese celebrate Tet Doan Ngo, which marks the summer solstice. The day is celebrated with festivities intended to ward off epidemics that can be caused by the scorching summer heat. Dragon-boat races are a common activity during his time.
The Chem Temple Festival, which takes place on the fifteenth day of the fifth lunar month, is a colorful festival dedicated to Vietnamese hero Ly Ong Trong. A water procession is the main ceremony that takes place during this festival, which is designed to collect water to bathe the statues in the temple. Following the ceremony, festival-goers participate in a variety of traditional folk games, including kite flying, tug-of-war, and pigeon releasing.
Tips for Visiting Hanoi in June
Due to the high heat, humidity and heavy rainfall, it is best to avoid Hanoi during this time of the year, especially considering that it is already crowded with tourists from other parts of the country. Parts of the city have been known to flood during a particularly heavy downpour, and traveling to the countryside can become difficult as heavy rains can cause poor road conditions.
If you do, however, decide to travel to Hanoi during this time, make sure that you bring light, sweat-absorbent clothes to combat that heat as much as possible, and always have rain gear on hand as storms are unpredictable and can take place for long periods of time.
Due to the extended periods of rainfall, UV rays are not as strong in June, but sun protection is still recommended as Hanoi receives one of the highest amounts of direct sunlight compared to other months.
Tourist companies tend to offer deals and discounts during this time of the year, so be sure to keep that in mind if you plan to visit Hanoi in June.